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Microsoft commits to $26bn LinkedIn purchase in social media play

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Microsoft has made a play to enter the social market after announcing it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.

Microsoft releases Office 2016 for ‘mobile-first, cloud-first world’

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Microsoft has promised to ‘re-invent productivity and business processes’ for the mobile and cloud-first world, with its new Office 2016 for Windows.

Microsoft signs GE in massive cloud deal

General Electric has signed up to use Microsoft's cloud software

Microsoft announced this week that it has signed up long-time tech partner GE to its cloud-based productivity software in a multimillion dollar deal.

Office 365 migration provider SkyKick scores $10m

SkyKick bagged $10m this week and is strengthening its capabilities beyond cloud migration

SkyKick, a cloud migration specialist turned cloud service management provider, secured $10m in funding this week, which the company said would be used to accelerate product development and broaden its portfolio.

Microsoft to open two cloud datacentres in Canada

Microsoft and Remote-Learning are working to integrate Moodle with Office 365

Microsoft is opening two cloud datacentres in Canada, the company said this week. The facilities, one in Toronto, Ontario and one in Montreal, Quebec, will deliver Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics to local customers.

Box hires ex-Microsoft exec to bolster business in France

Jeremy Grinbaum,  regional vice president for France and southern Europe, Box

Grinbaum, who will be based in Box’s Paris office, has been broad on board as regional vice president for France and southern Europe to drive the cloud storage incumbent’s business in the region, which includes setting up a local sales team.

Microsoft beats rivals to certify under new public cloud security standard

Microsoft claims to be the first to adopt ISO/IEC 27018

Microsoft has adopted a relatively new ISO standard that specifies measures to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in public cloud environments. The company claims it is the first public cloud provider to do so.

GoDaddy, Microsoft using cloud to attract SMBs

GoDaddy is using Office 365 to appeal to SMBs

GoDaddy in India will start offering small business customers Microsoft cloud services to help attract more SMBs to the domain register-turned-cloud provider’s platform.

Microsoft bolsters Moodle integration through open source arm

Microsoft and Remote-Learning are working to integrate Moodle with Office 365

MS Open Tech, the open source technology-focused subsidiary of Microsoft is working with education technology service provider Remote-Learner to integrate Office 365 with Moodle, a set of free cloud-based learning management t tools, the companies announced this week.

US Department of Health deploys Office 365 in cloud resuscitation

The US Department of Health and Human Services is deploying Office 365 in a bid to consolidate email and collaboration systems and save money

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a five-year $92m contract to InfoReliance, a Microsoft consulting partner, to help the agency migrate its email and collaboration platform over to Office 365.